Lexington County Blowfish announce their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshals
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Bill Shanahan, the owner and marketing mastermind behind the Lexington Blowfish, took the opportunity during their monthly luncheon to announce their 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals. After everyone feasted on jumbo hotdogs with fixings like chili, coleslaw, and sauerkraut, chips, cold drinks, and this year’s menu addition Dippn’ Dots, a crowd pleaser everywhere they’re available, Shanahan took the microphone to tell everyone that the marshals were the Main Street Merchants!
This is the third annual parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lexington. Shanahan, an accomplished Irish step dancer who loves to display his Irish heritage, developed the event from infancy; this really is his baby and oh what a beautiful baby it is! Every year, it gets bigger and better than ever with floats, beauty queens, and the all important Grand Marshal. Last year, the Blowfish reached out and strengthened their already strong bond with our country’s military by naming a senior staff member from Ft. Jackson as the Grand Marshal. This year, Shanahan and the parade committee felt that the Main Street area of Lexington was exploding with activity and positive development so quickly because of investments by the public, but also the merchants themselves. The committee felt it only fitting to name those merchants to the honorary position of Grand Marshalls.
Since the grand-opening of the Icehouse Amphitheater, Main Street has been bustling with activity. There are more than five new eateries in development within walking distance of the venue. One is an authentic Irish Pub, something we’re sure Shanahan is delighted to have given his Irish roots. Even more business has had their sights set on Main and the downtown, something that Lexington has carefully prepared for over the past decades.
The parade route follows Main Street to Lake and Main where it turns and disbands shortly after. Each year, the most beloved broadcaster in Columbia history, Joe Pinner, is its master-of-ceremonies. Yesterday, it was announced he would do that again this year. It has been a wonderful event in the past and promises to be the same again in 2018!
The Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, you can call (803) 254-3474 or go to goblowfishbaseball.com.